Data Entry Operator Salary (United States)

Pay for Data Entry Operators in the United States is typically around $12.12 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $9.13 per hour to $16.45. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a third lack any form of coverage—but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Data Entry Operators make up most of the field at 76 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$21,578 - $45,274
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MEDIAN: $31,675
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Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$9.13 - $16.45
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,578 - $45,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $24.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators transcribe data from various sources and documents and enter data into an online computer system via a PC. Operators will utilize the data to create and update databases. Roles will include operating a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records and maintaining a daily count of all claims processes. Data Entry Operators should be detail-oriented and be able to enter data quickly with minimal errors. Editing skills are required. Operators will need to be able to check over work quickly and correct any errors found in their work. Data Entry Operators should able to input between 8,000 and 10,000 keystrokes per hour. Familiarity with computers and computer systems is a plus, particularly spreadsheet and data entry software.
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Data Entry Operator Tasks
  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator

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Data Entry Operators who assume a position such as an Office Manager—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $11,133 per year. It is quite typical for Data Entry Operators to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists, where expected earnings are an additional $4,437 or $2,014 per year.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Operator

Survey takers who work as Data Entry Operators usually report a few specific skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Data Entry Operators, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting at around $25K, salaries see a boost to $27K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $29K. As Data Entry Operators reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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For Data Entry Operators, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Data Entry Operators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Data Entry
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Typing
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$26,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%